RE: Question regarding styles

Subject: RE: Question regarding styles
From: Mailing List <mlist -at- ca -dot- rainbow -dot- com>
To: 'Rachael Lininger' <techwhirl -at- earthlink -dot- net>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 13:57:02 -0500

Rachael Lininger [mailto:techwhirl -at- earthlink -dot- net]

> When I make styles, I usually use the "space before" setting
> to separate elements, not the "space after." I'll add the
> "space after" for headings that need the extra whitespace,
> but not normal text. Lately, though, I've been working with
> documents that tend to use the "space after" setting exclusively.
> Is there a reason for this? Have I always been doing it
> wrong? Are there advantages one way or the other? I sometimes
> have trouble visuallizing how a change to style settings will
> propagate through an entire document and interact with other
> elements, so a general rule of thumb might be helpful. If
> there is one.

You said "styles", so I suppose you are using Word rather
than FrameMaker, so that might imply some difference that
makes my my experience with FrameMaker inapplicable.
Nevertheless, here it is:

If I specify a space-before, it works just as well as a
space after, in most situations. However, when a paragraph
lands at the top of a page, the "space-before" causes it
to start that much lower on the page. This is not a big
deal except when you get paragraphs of different height and
spacing on adjacent pages. Then, two facing pages will
fail to line up at their top margins. If all spacing is
accomplished by space-after, then all paragraphs try to
line up at the very top of each column.

I'm sure there were other reasons, and that one has
probably gone out the window with recent FM releases,
but I'm a creature of habit. :-)
YWMMD (Your Word Mileage May Differ)



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